April 29, 2010
La Salle’s School of Business
AACSB Accreditation Extended
Paul Brazina, Dean of La Salle’s School of Business (center) receives the Maintenance of Accreditation certificate at the AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Ca. Pictured from left are: Jerry Trapnell, Chief Accreditation Officer for AACSB; David Martin, Associate Dean of La Salle’s School of Business; Brazina; Greg Bruce, Dean Emeritus of La Salle’s School of Business; and John Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer of AACSB.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has extended accreditation of
La Salle University’s School of Business for an additional six years. AACSB accreditation is considered the highest mark of a business school’s education quality—fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide earn this distinction.
“AACSB has worldwide brand recognition. Our students can go anywhere in the world, and people understand the accreditation is an indication of a top-notch program,” said David Martin, Ph.D., Associate Dean of La Salle’s School of Business. “The accreditation holds us to a high standard.”
La Salle’s School of Business first earned AACSB accreditation in 1995. To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous peer-review process every five years, at which time the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic resource management, faculty and staff interactions, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.
Since its last AACSB extension, the School of Business has demonstrated continuous growth and improvement throughout its programs. A four-year B.S./MBA accounting program, allowing students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years while also meeting the 150-hour requirement for CPA certification, was developed.
The School of Business has also grown its Business Co-op Scholars Program from eight students in 2004 to a current enrollment of 80. Co-op Scholars complete two full-time, paid off-campus internships (one four months in duration, the other eight months) during their junior and senior years. In addition, in the Business 100 Team Teaching program, Johnson & Johnson executives team teach an introductory business course with La Salle faculty, providing students with a practical approach in business policies and procedures.
“It takes a great deal of commitment and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculties, and staffs make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver high quality education to students.”